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Nick Drake, Cynthia Hopkins and DJ Spooky join Arctic expedition

  • Date: 22 September 2010
  • Area: National

Artists, musicians and writers have joined a team of scientists for Cape Farewell's 2010 International Art & Science Expedition to the High Arctic.

The Noorderlicht, with its unique crew of 20 artists and scientists, departed Spitsbergen in Norway on 9 September 2010. The three-week expedition, which will sail north of the 80th parallel to the edge of the Arctic Ice Cap, provides an opportunity for the artists and writers onboard to draw inspiration from the dramatic environment while scientists conduct research. The trip also encourages collaboration between the artists and scientists to vision and innovate towards a low-carbon future.

This is the ninth in the annual series, organised by UK-based organisation Cape Farewell, which aims to inspire a cultural response to climate change. Previous artists include: KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Marcus Brigstocke, Antony Gormley and Ian McEwan.

This year's international crew includes: musician, DJ and writer Paul Miller (DJ Spooky); theatre and opera director Deborah Warner; poet, novelist and playwright Nick Drake; digital artist and Creative Director of United Visual Artists Matthew Clark; writer Ruth Little; playwright Mikhail Durnenkov; musician Cynthia Hopkins; artist Leonid Tishkov; artist Iris Haeussler; novelist Marina Moskvina; writer and critic Beth Kapusta; Director of Laboratoria Daria Parkhomenko; Arts Ambassador for Kevin Buckland; architect Bob Davies; and artist and Cape Farewell founder and expedition leader David Buckland.

Cape Farewell will mark the end of the expedition with a live concert by DJ Spooky and video by David Buckland, as part of all-night contemporary arts event Nuit Blanche Toronto. An exhibition entitled High Arctic, featuring a new large-scale commission by United Visual Artists in conjunction with Cape Farewell, will launch in summer 2011 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

You can find out more about the expedition and follow the Cape Farewell crew as they journey to the Arctic at